Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The south-east facing Gite offers on its ground floor a farmhouse style kitchen with cooker, two fridges, microwave, kettle, and toaster, chefs' knives, cutlery and crockery. Two free laundry service washes per week are offered.
The dining room has a two metre long table, six chairs, two upholstered armchairs, wood stove, armoire for glasses\crockery and bookshelves stocked with many current novels and reference books written in both English and French.
The large salon has a comfortable three piece sofa-bed suite, large comfortable sofa, coffee table, and wide screen TV with English Freesat channels plus DVD and numerous films.
The three downstairs rooms have tiled floors and original beamed ceilings.
Upstairs are two double bedrooms (with wardrobes, chests of drawers, bedside cupboards) and a Breton-style single “armoire” bedroom; the family room has a large double, a single bed and cot bed. The bathroom has a shower, wash-basin, WC, and there is also a separate WC room.
Outside is an 80sq metre white tiled terrace including a covered dining area, over which well established climbers (vine, wisteria and jasmine) are growing, with a large round slate table and 6 chairs sheltered underneath for al fresco dining. There is also a large French-style chimneyed BBQ. This terrace overlooks the 10mx5m heated swimming pool, which has its own wooden terrace equipped with sun loungers, tables and chairs. The pool area overlooks the large garden and orchard with table and chairs, wooden Wendy House, and games lawn.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Chassenon Le Lac riverside beach 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 55 km, Nearest railway: Niort 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details outdoors|
Surrounding the property are fields of sunflowers, wheat, corn, dairy meadows, orchards, vineyards, with the river Autize only a couple of fields away; within 3 kms of a sandy lakeside beach and the vast, wild acres of the Mervent forest. La Rochelle and the Vendee coast are a 50 km drive across the Marais Poitevin, an area once covered by the sea, one of the richest natural habitats in France.
During High season bookings are in weekly blocks, Saturday to Saturday. Shorter bookings are possible during the rest of the year.
A non-refundable deposit of £250 is payable upon booking with the remainder to be paid two months before arrival here, together with a £100 per booking security deposit refundable if there's no damage to the property and it's left in a clean and tidy condition.
Our location is 10kms from Fontenay Le Comte, which is a sizeable town with more than five supermarkets and a major market every Saturday morning. The river Vendee passes through the centre of the town offering delightful walks along its course. For children Fontenay Le Comte has an indoor swimming pool, treetop climbing centre, BMX track, Go-kart racing, horse riding, tennis courts.....
The gite is 3kms from Nieuill sur L'Autize which has a small supermarket, bank, chemist, boulangerie, butcher, bar and Abbey. Only 3kms the opposite direction is St Hilaire des Loges which has much the same amenities, whilst 7kms beyond is Coulonge which is larger than the previous two towns and has a significant market every Tuesday morning.
Below our grounds is a sentier, a designated cycling\walking 3metre wide roadway which leads through deep countryside of outstanding natural beauty (it does occasionally involve going along the highway briefly); in one direction it goes 90km to Reamur and 17km to Maillezais. There are other nearby sentiers to travel along as well.
The Plain which is just behind the Gite offers many kilometres of scarcely used lanes through fields of cereal crops.
The lake at nearby Chassenon (3km away), actually a massive bend in the river Vendee, has a sandy beach (owned/maintained to the highest standard by the Vendee Government to whom there is payable a small daily fee), with tall-tree-shaded picnic tables, bar/cafe, life-guarded swimming, and where boats and family pedaloes can be hired.
The river skirts the Mervent Forest which is terrific for cycling with designated, well marked graded trails. Where the Vendee passes through the Mervent township area, the riverside has picturesque restaurant bars, offering boats for hire, beaches and swimming.
Slightly further afield there's the world acclaimed Futurescope in Poitiers only an hour's drive away; La Rochelle, boasting its Old Port, super chic shopping, beaches and Aquarium, with the Ile de Ré also just a short drive over a visually stunning bridge. To get there requires a 45 min drive across the Marais Poitevin which has hundreds of waterways with many places available to rent boats.
There's also the Gite's pool (heated from June to Mid-September) and lots of sunshine too.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The farmhouse is situated in micro climate of the southern Vendee, the second sunniest region of France, on the borders of Deux Sevres and Charente Maritime, thus encompassing areas of great diversity such as the Marais Poitevin with 600kms of canals and rivers (boats can be hired in Venise Vert to explore their beauty), the prairie growing all types of cereal crops is criss-crossed with hundreds of kms of empty roads to wander along, and the hilly region known as the Bocage which includes the Mervent Forest with countless trails to hike or bike.
A sentier (a 3mtr wide tarmac roadway) passes in the valley below the house and whose usage is restricted to pedestrians and bicycles, which can be joined from the bottom of the grounds and leads north, 91 kms to Reamur, and 17kms south to the Abbaye of Maillezais.
Under a 40 min drive is the Atlantic coastline with many miles of beautiful sandy beaches, islands, and famous port cities such as La Rochelle and Les Sables de l'Olonne from where the Vendee Globe yacht race starts.
Fontenay le Comte
The area is rich in buildings of historic and architectural interest with some of Europe's most imposing Romanesque churches, abbeys, and chateaux. Within 3 to 20 kms are three villages nationally classified as some of the most beautiful in France (Nieul sur l'Autize, Foussais Parais, and Vouvent).
For sports lovers: Golfers, the region has courses offering interesting terrains and challenges. The coast, lakes and rivers are excellent for fishermen; daily and weekly permits are available from the local tourist office. Tennis courts are 3 kms away in St Hilaire des Loges, with squash, horse riding, forest-top climbing available in Mervent and Fontenay le Comte, where you can also do BMXing and Go-Cart driving, you could even try a Montgolfier flight.
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12 Sep 2014
"Everything we expected and more!"
We visited La Fermette during the first week in September 2014, we were completely blown away by the house and of course the fantastic pool. The house is beautifully furnished, clean and very comfor… More
1 Sep 2014
Last May we stayed in La Fermette for a week and feel in love with the house, the area, the owners and their dogs!! So we booked to go back again this July and stayed for two weeks. We can't … More
27 Aug 2014
"Magnifique, excellente, fantastique!"
This was our second visit to Steve and Geraldine's La Fermette. We were hoping for a third time however the farmhouse is fully booked next summer. Not ones for being deterred, we will endeavour t… More
16 Aug 2014
"One of the best"
The only reluctance I had writing this review is that it deserved a bit of time and effort and I'm no writer. Luckily the review before mine, 2 Jul 2014, is very accurate so I do not have to go t… More
2 Jul 2014
"Beautiful gite, fantastic pool & lovely owners"
We've just come back from a glorious week at La Fermette where we were met with such a warm welcome from Geraldine and Steven. The gite is really pretty and full of arty furnishings thanks to the… More
11 Jun 2014
We found this house by off-chance on the internet and uncovered a treasure-trove of idyllic rustic charm.On arrival, we were greeted by Steven and Geraldine and given an in depth tour of their lovely … More
25 Aug 2013
"a beautiful french retreat"
la fermette...what an amazing find...perfect location for a peaceful,get away from it all holiday but close enough to all amenities and activities.Beautifully furnished cottage with all that you could… More
22 Aug 2013
"Lovely gite with a fabulous pool"
Just back from a 2 week stay at La Fermette, which is a lovely property with a fantastic terrace, pool and garden. The property is located just outside the small village of Xanton Chassenon, about 10… More
5 Aug 2013
"A wonderful, relaxing holiday at this beautiful gite"
A fabulous week in this lovely gite which had everything we needed for a relaxing family holiday. The swimming pool was great and the owners were brilliant at answering all our questions and ensuring … More
27 Jul 2013
"Beautiful gite, lovely owners, great area!"
After a few days on Ile De Re we headed a little bit inland to La Fermette via La Rochelle. La Fermette is easy to find although very private (romantic!) and the surrounding area offers lots to do fo… More
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